Due to the fact we have spent our time elsewhere the past few summers, we haven’t been able to experience summertime events near State College. So when we heard about Tussey Mountain Wing Fest while we were in town we knew we had to go!

Now before we get into all the dirty messy details, Leslie and I have a confession to make…we don’t really like wings all that much. We aren’t the type of people to order them on sundays to watch “the game” and we certainly don’t head to the bar just because they have a wing special (in fact, don’t expect us at the bar unless the special is cheap drinks).

Regardless of the lack of enthusiasm we have towards wings, we were excited to grab a bite and enjoy some live music on a warm summer evening. Tussey Mountain Wing Fest is located at Tussey Mountain, State College’s own ski resort (more like Tussey “bunny slope” in my opinion).

The sign for Tussey Mountain Wing Fest 2015

Welcome to Tussey Mountain Wing Fest 2015!

Every Thursday, from July 16 – August 27, restaurants compete for the best tasting wings. The weekly event runs from 5:30pm – 10:00pm and admission is only $5.

Instead of paying cash at each stand, food/drink tickets can be purchased at ticket booths for $1 each. Three wings will cost you two tickets, a beer is four or five tickets depending which beer you choose, and five tickets will get you a ride on the ski lift.

Everyone gets a tear off vote with their admission ticket, which patrons can use to vote for their favorite wings. Each week 4-5 restaurants compete and one is crowned the winner, qualifying them for the finals on August 27.


With the main event being the wings themselves, the lines to purchase them can get pretty long. So the first thing we did before anything else was get in line for wings!

People waiting in line at Tussey Mountain Wing Fest 2015

Waiting in line for wings

We decided to sample a couple flavors and ended up going with the wings from World’s Fare Catering. While it was hard to choose, we ended up getting an order of their Smokey Chipotle BBQ and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter BBQ wings.

Additionally, we got an order of pierogies for three tickets, an order of beef nachos for five tickets, and two Yuenglings for four tickets each (what can I say, we like to eat). After collecting our food we found a table in a tent with a perfect view of the stage and enjoyed our meal. Even though they aren’t our favorite food, the wings turned out to be pretty tasty!

People sitting on a hill at Tussey Mountain Wing Fest

The perfect location to enjoy music & food outdoors



After finishing the wings and drinks, we noticed that the ski lift next to us was moving. I don’t think Brad would usually spend $10 to ride a ski lift up and down the mountain, but I have never had the chance to ride one before and could not pass up the opportunity!

We ran to grab more tickets and hopped on. Heights make me a little uncomfortable, but after a couple minutes I got used to it and really enjoyed the view of the sunset over Happy Valley. The perfect way to end our night out.

Brad and Leslie on the chairlift at Tussey Mountain Wing Fest 2015

An enjoyable ride, even with a bar between us!

Watching a sunset from the chairlift at Tussey Mountain Wing Fest 2015

The sunset on our way back down

Although we did not stay at Tussey Mountain Wing Fest too long, I highly recommend spending a warm, summer night there. There are plenty of Thursdays left to attend. The food was tasty, the drinks refreshing, and next time we will know to bring some blankets and chairs to lounge on!

The view of Tussey Mountain Wing Fest 2015

The view of the festival

Have you been to Tussey Mountain Wing Fest before? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!